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“A real insight.”
Review of Barley Hall

Barley Hall
Ranked #35 of 210 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour with its high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England. NEW FOR 2016/17 Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall. Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII. Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriage leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome. Cromwell’s rise and fall was swift, with his execution taking place on the day of Henry’s wedding to his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, so experience the majesty of six of the costumes used in the series and make yourself at home at Barley Hall.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We nearly missed this little gem. We wandered through a small opening into an alleyway with low beamed ceiling. As we walked through you pass a large glass panelled window and can see into the banqueting hall laid out with mock food on the table. From that moment I really had no choice but to look around. Worth every penny.

Thank AWN2013
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"well worth a visit"
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"hidden away"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been to York several times and have never been here - a real find - we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It wasn't too busy so we were able to spend a good length of time reading the exhibits and exploring. far better than more commercial attractions such as the Jorvik centre.

Thank tj1Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited many of York’s tourist attractions I found this the saddest and laughed my way through having brought our foreign friends to see York’s history.
I found it mostly to be inaccurate, I don’t believe york was made of plastic. The information was the most interesting but available online and in York’s free historic library! We live in a historic city and your time would be better spent wandering the streets.

Thank SAJBrowne
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved that you are able to sit on the furniture and handle objects here.
In one room there is an 'Inn' and some olde worlde games that you can play.
There are 'servants' in each of the rooms from 12-4pm and they are very knowledgeable, making the visit even better.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit.

Thank Deb P
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is definitely worth seeking out, not overpriced, really helpful interesting with great staff on hand to answer questions.... if Henry VIII intrigues you the current exhibition will be of interest. There were some kids interactive things to do (we had none with us) ...

Thank Kirsty L
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